Knowing what you value and translating that into a wish list for a home is one of the corner stones of successful buying. When you have ideas about the home you want, you can share that with us. There are thousands of properties on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The more clear and concise you can be in describing your ideal home, the more finely we can tune the initial MLS search. As you start looking at properties there will be additional fine tuning needed to more specifically match your desires to the actual properties available.
Sooooo, a few questions to ask yourself:
*How do you want to live? Do you entertain formally and like to have clearly defined areas for specific activities? Or are you more casual in the way that you entertain guests? Your home should reflect the way you want to live and entertain and should make it convenient to do so.
*Who will be living in the home? Children, extended family, live-in help (such as an au pair or nanny, housekeeper, etc.), persons with disabilities or chronic medical conditions that will lead to the need for accommodations. Is it possible that in a year or two a grandparent(s) might move in, or at least you want the flexibility of putting them up for a night or three?
*What can you afford? This will set financial guidelines for you that will be a major defining factor for your property search. This is one of the hardest parts for most of us. We often want more than we can comfortably afford…..
*What about location? We all know that Real Estate mantra – “Location, Location, Location”. Do you want to be close to work, school, hobbies, recreational and cultural pursuits? Do you want children to be able to walk or ride bikes to school as they get old enough? Do you like to walk or run for exercise? Is this possible in the neighborhood, or are there trails nearby for walking, biking or running? How close do you want to be to family and friends?
*Characteristics of your property. The standard issue- numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms. Big yard or small, garage or not, swimming pool? Is there an avid cook in the family who wants a gourmet kitchen? Do you need space for play (inside and out) for children or grandchildren? How much maintenance do you want to do? Do you like to garden? Are you willing to do some landscaping? Are you handy or willing to learn how to do repairs to the exterior of the home, etc.? Or, do you want to do none of those maintenance tasks?
*Condition of the property. Are you interested in doing work yourself or hiring professionals to come in to do work? What kind of home repairs are you willing to do?
These topics can start some lively discussion among those involved in buying and/ or living in the property!